Agronomy Crop Scout Internship

Type: Temporary/Internship

Department: Agronomy

Why Ag Partners?  We are a strong member-owned cooperative serving producers, communities, homeowners and businesses across Southern Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. Join our growing team!

All employees 18 and older can join the 401(k) retirement plan and receive company match. Full-Time employees are eligible for profit-sharing, medical, dental, vision, PTO, company paid short- and long-term disability benefits, basic life, and a yearly clothing allowance.

Job Summary

Agronomy Crop Scout Interns are given an opportunity to connect classroom agronomic knowledge to the field, first-hand. Throughout the summer, interns will be assigned key projects and will learn to identify weeds, diseases, and insects affecting crop growth and development. You will gain experience testing soil and plant nutrients, and analyze reports used to make crop input recommendations with an experienced agronomist. You will complete miscellaneous operations work and provide customer service to growers.  

Internships are offered in a variety of locations through our member cooperatives, retailers, and independent owner system. Interns will be provided training through WinField United and local Ag Partners staff.

Internship Expectations:

  • The duration of this program is approximately May through August.
  • Inspect assigned grower fields to identify weeds, insects, diseases, pest and crop population counts, crop and weed staging and other crop diagnostic issues.
  • Utilize crop scouting software/weekly reports to document and share observations with partnered field agronomist.
  • Keep current on agronomic products, trends, and precision ag technologies.
  • Provide support for operations and warehouse staff as needed.

Position Competencies and Qualifications:

  • Pursuing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, preferably in an agricultural related major or program.
  • Frequently move, lift and carry boxes, tubs, and tools weighing 50-60 lbs., access and utilize farm equipment, and move or traverse on uneven ground.
  • Ability to work extended hours during peak busy seasons.
  • Possess a valid, unrestricted driver’s license.
  • Candidates must have valid work authorization and be able to work in the U.S. without company sponsorship.

Key Skills:

  • Excellent communication, writing and critical thinking.
  • Manage time and effectively prioritize and implement projects and general work tasks.
  • Give and receive feedback, work collaboratively, exhibit effective social and interpersonal communication.
  • Resourceful and innovative in finding solutions to problems.
  • Flexible and adapt to changing business surroundings.